Santa Ana Travel Guide
This summer seems to be the season for airport dining expansion and renovation. The latest airport getting in on all the food court make over action is John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.
Things are already starting to open, as Vino Volo—they can be found in around ten other domestic airports—has already uncorked its first bottles to visitors and locals alike. The more local options are still on track for a debut either later this year or early next year. Javi’s—and offshoot of the Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach and Irvine—is en route to the airport, so expect plenty of pre-departure margaritas for thirsty travelers. Other options include Ruby's Diner, Ruby's Shake Shack, Zov's Bakery and Cafe, Jerry's Wood-Fired Dog, and Hobie Sand Bar. In total, restaurant space at the airport is going from around 15,000 square feet to around 27,000 square feet, so it’s definitely quite an upgrade.
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Yesterday, we attend yet another Virgin America new route launch party. Keep going VA! This time Sir Richard Branson and Co. have begun offering five-times-daily flights flights out of The Real Orange County (John Wayne Airport) to San Francisco.
The inaugural event began yesterday after take off in San Francisco with Branson twittering in-flight using the fleet-wide WiFi at 35,000 feet. Upon landing in the OC, Branson was greeted by the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and Red Bull athletes. And for those guests lucky enough to be on the inaugural flight? They received Bare Escentuals makeovers and Sunset Tan spray.
The party continued over to the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach but before all that, we managed to chase Sir Richard Branson down for an interview, in his car.
Lucky Snoop Dogg won't be following in the footsteps of Paris Hilton or even O.J. by heading to jail in 2007. The man also known as Calvin Broadus Jr. has run into trouble at airports before, but for his latest offense--packing a collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage--Snoop pled guilty and escaped with 3 years of probation and 160 hours of community service. (He was arrested twice after that for gun and marijuana possession, for which he also received probation.)
The rapper is expected to join an Orange County grounds crew as early as next week to earn out his hours. That's four work weeks of 8-hour days--unless his tour intervenes.
[Photo: Faded Youth Blog]